A religious political activist living on Staten Island claims that police put him in handcuffs, frisked and issued two summonses…All because of the way he looked. You see, the man is Muslim, and Muslims must be held above all the other people when it comes to public transportation.
Or so this guy thinks.
Hesham El-Meligy is the man at the center of our story. Police at about 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Staten Island Ferry terminal held the man for being obstructive when he was RANDOMLY chosen for a bag search. The same bag search that countless White, Black, Asian, and every other ethnicity and religion you can think of, have had to suck up and endure…But not this boob. Nope.
After police went through and searched inside his backpack, they issued him summonses for trespassing and disorderly conduct and then was allowed onto the ferry for transport.
El-Meligy is actually the founder of the Islamic Civic Association on Staten Island and surprisingly the chairman of the Staten Island Libertarian Party. He claims that the so-called random check wasn’t so random and that he was singled out because of the way he looked.
His cries went out to his friends on Facebook:
“I have no doubt that many (people) are in fact stopped randomly, but the manner this was done in my particular case made it feel different.”
A spokeswoman for the NYPD said that the guidelines for the random searches were nonexistent, and it was all by luck of the draw.
Det. Kellyann Ort said: “There’s no science to it, it’s like flipping a coin. Many other people had their bags checked during that same time frame.”
But El-Meligy argued police that they had indeed violated his 4th amendment right.
So what now? I’ll tell you what now. NOTHING! Get over it because that’s the way the system works these days. Deal with it.
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